Haven't had time to think of this but my 1st instinct was no way on a used Model S. Reliability is spotty at best and it can become a money pit once bits are of warranty (e.g. battery pack, MCU, drive unit, half shafts (e.g. https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads ... nty.93857/
), door handles, etc.)
Google for these to get an idea of costs, if it happens:
model s drive unit out of warranty site:teslamotorsclub.com
model s pack out of warranty site:teslamotorsclub.com (e.g. https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads ... -s.221438/
and https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads ... 950/page-2
). BTW, wk057 is a very knowledgeable guy.
In late 2020, Model S had a pretty poor showing at https://web.archive.org/web/20201123161 ... able-cars/
. Click on Tesla. And, it was for that year in the bottom 10 in reliability: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/ca ... 337648002/
Other than the current crazy used car market, you could consider a used Bolt. GM dealers cannot sell unrepaired ones but some might have some repaired ones now (see near bottom of https://www.donohoochevrolet.com/blogs/ ... s-incoming
). Non-GM dealer sources can sell GM cars w/open recalls. Even if the pack hasn't been replaced, you can get the 883 80% temp limiter applied (it's on my '19). See https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2021/R ... 0-3931.pdf
, including the last page. You can then check via 1 of methods at top of https://www.chevybolt.org/threads/batte ... ary.41131/
to see when it's eligible for a pack. If it gets flipped to 881 w/no more "remedy not yet available", dealer can order a replacement pack.
All '17 to '19 Bolt owners got this letter: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2021/R ... 0-4200.pdf
, so the replacement pack will have about 8% more capacity than a new one and the 8 year/100K battery warranty will start over w/the new pack. ('20 to '22 Bolts won't have any additional capacity).
That said, there have been ridiculous Bolt parking bans (e.g. https://www.chevybolt.org/threads/bolt- ... ost-663639
). Not sure if the window clings (https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2021/R ... 0-7907.pdf
and https://www.autoblog.com/2022/01/04/che ... ecall-fix/
) will help change things.
BTW, I own a '19 Bolt (bought new at end of Jan 2019) and finally got a buyback offer (began 9/14/21). The offer is good enough that due to the Federal tax credit (which they didn't and probably cannot deduct) and my low usage in miles, I'm getting all my $ back and likely making a slight profit (relates to the extended warranty I bought which I will only receive a pro-rated refund for and have to take up w/that warranty company). Hope to have Bolt surrendered by 1/28/22 when my CA tags expire. My Bolt was already flipped to 881 over a month ago. So, if the dealer is able to buy the car from GM, they can order a pack, install it and put it up for sale.
Will write more later when I have time.